Job Information

University of Utah Advancement Officer in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 02/07/2023

Requisition Number PRN33744B

Job Title Development Officer

Working Title Advancement Officer

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Full time, Monday-Friday with occasional nights and weekends.

VP Area President

Department 00702 - Development Services

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $55,000 - $65,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

Job Description

The Student Support advancement team at the University of Utah is seeking an innovative fundraising professional to secure funding for campus-wide scholarships and student support initiatives, campus-wide scholarships, and a particular focus on securing funding for the Bennion Center. The desired candidate will have experience in relationship building, portfolio management, annual giving, and donor stewardship. Additionally, the candidate must possess the maturity, wisdom and collaborative skills necessary to gain the trust and confidence of University leadership across various departments.

This position will be embedded within the Bennion Center and will serve as the Bennion Center liaison for the Student Support Initiative fundraising team. As the Center’s liaison, this position will work closely with the Bennion Center’s leaders and team members to understand funding needs. This position will also fundraise for all scholarships and programs that the Student Support Initiative team supports including: Financial Aid & Scholarships, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies, in addition to the Bennion Center.

At University of Utah, Advancement, we ask a lot of our employees, which is why we give so much in return. In addition to your competitive salary, medical/dental/vision/life plan and up to 14.2% contribution to your retirement plan, we have the following perks, including:

  • Flexibility: Two – Four days a week (depending on your work) feel free to skip the commute and hit your deadlines from home.
  • Office Culture: we have a highly collaborative office right at doorstep of the U campus. When you do come in, our office is stocked with hot beverages of choice in our newly renovated café. We offer several opportunities to engage and get to know your co-workers. Dress code is relaxed business/casual – we want you to be comfortable.
  • Wellness in action: take advantage of our many health and wellness programs on-campus and virtually. This includes mental health and resiliency support, discount on outdoor recreation rentals and Eccles Student Life Center, nutrition services, and more.
  • Community: Discounts and sometimes free admission to arts, cultural, museum, lectures and select sporting events on campus.
  • Learning: In addition to the many free educational opportunities on campus, the University offers 50% tuition reduction for eligible employees and their families. We also offer professional development opportunities and an annual budget to develop your skills.

Other benefits and services include:

  • Partial Cell Phone reimbursement if you opt out of a work phone
  • Flexible Spending Accounts ( FSA )
  • Supplemental Retirement Savings Plans (403(b), Roth 403(b), 457(b))
  • WellU Employee Wellness Program
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D)
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program ( EAP )
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Hyatt Legal Plans
  • UESP 529 College Savings Plan
  • Auto/Home Insurance
  • Family and Medical Leave Act

EDI Commitment

As a part of the University of Utah, the University Advancement division is deeply committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion ( EDI ). We embrace this commitment to grow and maintain a diverse, safe, and inclusive workplace culture for all employees in University Advancement. With an increasingly diverse population of alumni and donors, we recognize that nationally the most successful advancement offices employ individuals who can connect with these diverse communities and understand approaches that mirror a broad perspective of cultures, values, and experiences. The long-term strength and viability of the University of Utah stem from the ongoing EDI practices, and we work intentionally to ensure these efforts are reflected in all aspects of our fundraising and advancement work. We highly encourage applications from historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military, and others who would bring additional dimensions of education and experience to our team.

University’s Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Statement

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email:


  • Create and implement a comprehensive plan to increase the Bennion Center’s donor base and increase philanthropic revenue over time, including developing short-and long-term fundraising goals for the Center.
  • Maintain a portfolio of leadership and major gift donors. Research potential donors, and make direct solicitations to alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations on behalf of the University through face-to-face interactions and grant proposals. Ensure fundraising efforts are donor centric.
  • Adhere to University’s prospect management standards, track donor relationships and file contact reports.
  • Modeling the One U mission, collaborate closely with campus partners, and build a culture of trust with the various departments, centers, and organizations this team supports.
  • Support the efforts of the entire donor engagement process including annual giving efforts and stewardship campaigns as assigned.
  • Work in partnership with associate directors, marketing and communications director, Bennion Center board and staff to understand priorities, projects and goals;
  • Recruit, sustain and communicate with a high-functioning development committee to support advancement of the Bennion Center.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Business, related field, or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience); three years of fund-raising experience which includes direct solicitation of contributions, volunteer leadership support, written and verbal presentations, and strategy and market development are required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Experience in grant or proposal writing and a background working with local print and electronic media is preferred. Demonstrated negotiating skills are also preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Annual giving and stewardship experience, strong interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated excellent writing and design skills.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.